Lean on Pete (2018)
Critic Consensus: Lean on Pete avoids mawkish melodrama, offering an empathetic yet clear-eyed portrayal of a young man at a crossroads that confirms Charley Plummer as a major talent.
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Throughout, Plummer is mesmerizing, his sunken eyes and gaunt face telling of the layers of hardships Charley is forced to endure.
If "The 400 Blows" was set in the poorer sections of the rural Pacific Northwest, it would run very close to this.
"Lean on Pete" demands a different kind of attention from moviegoers. But the rewards are worth it.
The film is a showcase for a very promising young actor named Charlie Plummer. Lanky, sensitive but assured, Plummer gives his character, 15-year-old Charley, a sense of raw decency maintained through trying circumstances.
There is a disquieting sense that the director has fallen prey to the poetics of space at the expense of the lives within it.
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